Federation of Publishers and Booksellers Association of India,(FPBAI)
Federation of Publishers & Booksellers Associations of India (FPBAI) is the oldest publishing industry & and trade organization in India at the national level and has been in existence for more than 50 years. The Federation has the biggest membership base of domestic and international publishers/publishing companies and provides a unique national forum to the regional language publishers and booksellers associations.
Some of the leading international publishing houses, their subsidiaries/representative offices in India, are amongst the active members of the Federation. In the past the federation has taken several initiatives to address various issues faced by the publishing industry in India and have worked hand-in-hand with the Government in the successful resolution of these issues.
The Federation is also dedicated towards creation of a country-wide vibrant market for the domestic and global publishing industry. On June 6th 2002, the President of the Federation, Mr. Sukumar Das, announced, "copyright promotion and protection and establishment of a truly representative and transparent RRO, are among the primary objectives of the Federation".
At the time India attained Independence, publishing and book selling stood confronted with complex problems peculiar to any developing industry. Some far-sighted and public-spirited individuals like late Shri Sital H. Primlani in the book industry felt that despite existence of local associations in several parts of the country, time had come for setting up an all India platform for taking concerted action to cope with the growing needs of this vial industry. This was the genesis of an important publishers and booksellers conference held in Delhi in January 1953, which paved the way for the setting up of Federation of Publishers' and Booksellers' Associations in India. The Federation was at first registered under the Companies Act, 1955 and was later registered as a Society under the Societies Act in 1969 - 1970. Right from its inception, the Federation has maintained its federal character with affiliation of Regional Associations from various States in the country. Membership of the Federation is open to publishers, wholesalers, booksellers, distributors, companies and corporations whose business activities are concerned with production and promotion of books. The Federation also readily accepts as associate members persons or firms both national and international, whom the Executive Committee of the Federation finds capable of furthering its aims and objects. Through the years, the Federation has attained a truly representative character to speak on behalf of the Indian Book Industry. The Federation is the largest representative body of the Indian Book Industry. The activities and areas of operations of the Federation extend all over the country. It has a membership of around 4,000 establishments spread all over the country, and works in close cooperation with 13 State Associations of Publishers and Booksellers affiliated to it, who have been a source of strength and inspiration to it.
The Federation as an apex body recognizes its role in ensuring the development of publishing in English, Hindi and all other Indian languages. It provides forum for various segments of book industry in the country to discuss their problems at national and international levels and looks after the interests of its members by taking active part in all meetings with Government and other professional bodies. With a view to promote and upgrade publishing and book distribution, the Federation organizes training courses, workshops, seminars, etc., from time to time. It also takes up with concerned authorities matters of common interest pertaining to the book trade like paper prices, tax provisions, import and export regulations, copyright laws, nationalization of text books, anti-piracy measures, etc. The Federation recently brought out an important volume: "The Book Industry in India: Context, Challenge and Strategy" (released at the AGM held in September 2003) which provides a most comprehensive look at the Indian Publishing Industry. The book gives insight into processes as diverse as editorial input and copyediting, book design, production processes, marketing, bookselling and retailing. The publication will be of great interest to students of publishing, young publishing professionals, veteran publishers, as well as lay readers interested in the vast world of Indian publishing. The Federation's advice, cooperation and assistance in all matters of mutual interest has frequently been sought by the Department of Secondary Education and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, National Book Trust, India, Capexil and other organizations and agencies in India and abroad concerned with the book industry.
Association of Publishers in India(API)
The Association of Publishers in India (API) was almost concurrently formed with the start of PA/AAP sponsored Anti-piracy campaign in India. API, a registered society primarily represents international publishers in India and to name a few includes Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, El Sevier Sciences, Random House, Penguin, Macmillan, Tata McGraw Hill, etc.
Since inception, API has been closely associated with PA/AAP Anti-Piracy campaign and some of its members have played a crucial role in generating piracy related information through their marketing/distribution channels. Some of the leading members of API are also the founder members of Copyright Clearance Agency India, a body propose to function as an across-the-board representative RRO in India.
API is currently headed by Mr. Manzar Khan of OUP with Mr. Sanjay Banerjee of El Sevier Science as its Vice-President and Mr. Manas Saikia of CUP (Foundation Books) as its Secretary. Recently, API has also been involved by the Central Government in its endeavor to provide level playing field to international publishing and printing industry in India.